Museum of Science Celebrates New England’s Breakthrough Inventors

September 20, 2013

Invented Here! honors New England’s newest and most innovative technologies

BOSTON, September 20, 2013 — The Museum of Science, Boston honored four local inventors and the technologies they developed at the third annual Invented Here! event hosted by Robin Young of WBUR-FM’s news magazine Here & Now. The Museum established Invented Here! — in collaboration with the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) — to showcase New England as an international hub of innovation and to advance the Museum’s science and technology education mission.

The evening’s featured honorees include lasers that can ”see through” objects, an indoor GPS system that uses LED lights, a low-maintenance lawn seed mixture, and a method for assembling small scale robots. Nearly 300 guests from Boston’s innovation and start-up community attended the event to celebrate the honored inventions.

“The Museum is excited to partner with the Boston Patent Law Association to honor rising inventors and their inventions, while also celebrating the entire region’s spirit of innovation,” said Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum. “Through the Invented Here! program, the Museum realizes an important part of its mission -- to present breakthrough technologies that change how people interact with each other, fulfill the needs of individuals and society, and ensure a more sustainable world.”

The four honorees were selected by a committee of nine leaders in business innovation from nominations submitted by corporations, law firms, research labs, and colleges and universities throughout New England. Three featured honorees were chosen from a group of twelve finalists with patented technologies. A fourth honoree was selected as Staff Favorite by the Museum’s Current Science & Technology team as part of a new category created this year to honor a technology with a published patent application.

The featured honorees include:

Terahertz lasers and amplifiers based on a resonant optical phonon scattering to achieve population inversion
MIT’s Qing Hu and Alan Lee’s lasers can be used to see through certain materials such as clothing, thin metal, sheet rock, and insulation, and can produce real time, 3-D images. Their invention is used in medical imaging, homeland security, inspection of NASA equipment.

Light Positioning System Using Digital Pulse Recognition
Aaron Ganick and Daniel Ryan’s ByteLight allows smartphone users to get extremely accurate location information in interior spaces by using LED lights rather than GPS signals. ByteLight is used in retail, museums, and other public spaces.

Low-Maintenance Lawn Seed Mixtures
Jackson Madnick’s Pearl’s Premium, Inc. created a grass seed mixture that requires minimal water and infrequent mowing, which drastically reduces water usage in drought-prone areas, and reduces carbon emissions from mowing.

Staff Favorite:

Monolithic Fabrication of Three-Dimensional Structures (RoboBees)
Harvard’s Pratheev Sreetharan, John Whitney, and Robert Wood’s created a method for automatically assembling robots at a significantly smaller scale than was previously possible. Their RoboBees are currently used in the fields of medicine and manufacturing.

For the complete list of all of the 2013 honorees celebrated last night, please visit the BPLA website: http://www.bpla.org/. The honorees’ inventions will be showcased in live presentations on the Gordon Current Science & Technology Stage at the Museum through December as part of an ongoing series about innovative technologies.

Invented Here! is supported by MassChallenge; Microsoft; Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, PC; OSRAM SLYVANIA; Harvard University Office of Technology Development; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP; Boston Business Journal; and Mass High Tech.

About the Museum of Science
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®'s engineering curricula have reached more than 55,600 teachers and 4.2 million students nationwide. The Museum has also: been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its energy and sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science; is El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population; and Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun was recognized as the "Best Immersive—Fulldome Program" by the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. Visit http://www.mos.org. Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at www.facebook.com/museumofscience.

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